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It has been a record-smashing year for The Bright Agency. Not only have we celebrated major artist successes at every turn and acquired stunning new talent, we've also launched Bright USA and opened an innovative creative gallery space for children called The Bright Emporium.

Here's a closer look at our biggest achievements of 2015...

Opening The Bright Emporium

In November we opened The Bright Emporium, a resource for children and families to grow their love for beautiful picture books and immerse themselves in a multi-sensory experience. We aim to encourage children to discover the world around them through illustration and by making noise, reading aloud, drawing pictures, and meeting and being inspired by artists!

For our launch, we showed the exhibition "Where The Story Began"as seen at the Barbican to open The Children’s Bookseller Conference this year. Featuring artwork by 10 artists, including Benji Davies, Yasmeen Ismail, and Sue Hendra, each piece on display also shares the inspiration for the artists’ illustrations and highlights how children’s books come to life.

Growing Storytime Sunday

We've always recognized that driving the discoverability of an artist’s work leads to a broader readership and builds the foundations of success.

It was with this belief that we launched Storytime Sunday in December of 2014. Our first illustrators to participate were Nicky O'Byrne, reading the Waterstones Award Winning Open Very Carefully, and Ben Mantle, with his hilarious Rudey's Windy Christmas.

This year, Storytime Sunday moved from the Doodle Bar in London to The Bright Emporium. Dozens of children gather on Sundays to hear Bright authors and illustrators bring beloved picture books to life and to engage in hands-on crafts.

It's been an honor to host David Litchfield, Sue Hendra, Fred Blunt, Julia Patton, and so many other talented illustrators in this ultimate creative space.

The Launch of Bright USA

Over the past ten years, the Bright Group has become well-established in the UK with a high standard of children’s literary excellence. From ideation to inception, execution to promotion, Bright stands by the artists it represents and helps them to grow in a safe and nurturing environment.

This past April, Bright brought its outstanding reputation and method across the pond with the launch of Bright USA in New York City.

In the nine months that Bright USA has been open, we've already seen enormous traction with American clients and have added one-of-a-kind American talent to the Bright roster.

Major Book Launch Events

Benji Davies' Grandad's Island (Simon & Schuster Children's UK) launch party, July 2015.


Fred Blunt's Captain Falsebeard, (Puffin) launched aboard the Golden Hinde in July 2015.

Waterstones Piccadilly hosted the launch party for Yasmeen Ismail's I'm a Girl! (Bloomsbury Children's) in August 2015.

Frances Lincoln Books hosted the launch of David Litchfield's The Bear and the Piano at Hatchard's in St. Pancras Station in September 2015.

Awards & Recognition


Author-illustrated by Benji Davies

  • CILIP Kate Greenaway 2016 nominee
  • Sainsbury’s Book Award winner

Co-Author-illustrated by Sue Hendra

  • Official World Book Day 2016 choice

Illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne

  • Booktrust's Booktime Story 2015

​Author-illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

  • CILIP Kate Greenaway 2016 nominee
  • V&A Illustration Awards 2016 nominee
  • Irish Book Awards 2015 / Specsavers Children's Book of the Year Junior - shortlisted

Author-illustrated by David Litchfield

  • Huffington Post Top Children's Books Autumn 2015
  • Listed among the Sunday Times' Top Children's Books of the Year
  • Listed among the Daily Mail's Best Childrens Books for Christmas

Illustrated by Benji Davies

  • Kids' Indie Next Top 10 Great Reads, Winter 2014-2015
  • E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award recipient
  • Buzzfeed Ridiculously Good Reads 2015
  • Featured in the 2015 SOI Original Art Show

Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

  • Listed among Kirkus' Best Picture Books of 2015
  • Featured in the 2015 SOI Original Art Show

Author-illustrated by Doreen Mulryan

  • Kids' Indie Next selected title for ages 4-8, Autumn 2015
  • 2015 National Parenting Publication Awards, BRONZE

Author-illustrated by Ben Mantle

  • Mumsnet Book of the Month, August 2015


Author illustrated by Clive McFarland

  • Kids' Indie Next Top 10 Great Reads, Winter 2014-2015



Illustrated by Laura Hughes

  • CILIP Kate Greenaway 2016 nominee
  • Sainsbury’s book award runner up

Author-illustrated by Migy

  • Kids' Indie Next selected title for ages 4-8, Winter 2014-2015

Author-illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown

  • Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2015 nominee

Author-illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

  • CILIP Kate Greenaway 2015 nominee

Illustrated by Benji Davies

  • CILIP Kate Greenaway 2015 nominee

Author-illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo

  • CILIP Kate Greenaway 2015 nominee

Author-illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne

  • CILIP Kate Greenaway 2015 nominee
  • Shortlisted for the Teach Primary Book Award 2015
  • Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Week Awards 2015

Illustrated by Julia Patton

  • Proceeds benefitting the BBC Children in Need Appeal


More Exciting News

In a joint venture with Vamonos, Bright is excited to be developing Yasmeen Ismail’s unique style for TV. Her beloved characters from the successful Specs for Rex will be brought onto the small screen, continuing Bright’s position in building the brands of some of today’s best illustrators.


Wanda and the Alien, developed by Komixx, brings the successful children’s book series by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet to children’s TV. This year season two aired on Milkshake, a popular primetime TV show for children in the UK. 

Bright Educational Agent Lucie Luddington visited US clients for a whirlwind six day tour of six states. Read about her adventures here!

Bright welcomed Amanda Wood, former Managing Director of Templar, as Board Chairwoman; and Richard Scrivener, Founder and MD of The Creative Rights Agency, as Non-Exec Board Director.

We are excited to announce the development of a second generation Sparklebox, Bright's bespoke internal project management system. This new release of Sparklebox allows us to track royalties, rights, publication dates, artwork, and more. It also streamlines the invoicing process, helping our accounts department to be as efficient as possible.

We couldn't have achieved such great success without our incredibly talented artists and trailblazing clients.

Thank you for a stellar 2015. We can't wait to continue creating innovative, award-winning titles with you in 2016!

—The Bright Agency